Author(s)

Jonathan Mimmo

Date Approved

7-17-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Dress codes;Public schools

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The institution of mandatory school uniforms into public schools has been met with resistance despite research suggesting that a uniform policy can be a useful tool in improving a school's behavioral climate. The attitudes and perceptions held by students who may or may not have participated in a school uniform policy were examined to determine what effect experience might have on perception and attitude. Surveys were administered to college students to examine their held perceptions and attitudes about school uniforms. The subjects were grouped according to their uniform participation history (with or without experience), and the scores were compared across the two populations. It was hypothesized that students who have participated in school uniform policies would have a more positive attitude of uniforms than students who have no experience. Ninety-seven students (n=97) were surveyed and the data collected revealed a significant difference in the two groups' perceptions. Students with school uniform experience reported a more positive attitude toward school uniform policies than students with no experience. The implications and further directions for this study are discussed.

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